Dear Visitors,

Fall is a busy time at the New York State Museum with many of our popular public programs just around the corner. Museum staff are also working on several temporary exhibitions that will open in 2020; we’ll have more news to share about those exhibitions soon.

The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection exhibition is open through December 31, 2019. Over 100 artworks – paintings, lithographs, sculpture and works on paper – are featured in this exhibition that highlights the incredible artworks created by artists at the Woodstock Art Colony in the early and mid-20th century.

November is New York State History Month, a time where we honor and celebrate our state’s history with public programs for families, children, and adults. This is a great time to thank the cultural institutions, museums, libraries and historic sites in your community for keeping history alive not just during History Month, but throughout the year.

I’m pleased to share that the first issue of the New York History journal has been published under a new collaboration between the New York State Museum and Cornell University Press. Published twice a year, the scholarly journal presents articles regarding New York State history as well as reviews of books, exhibitions, and media projects with a New York focus.

In public programs news, Brain Food for the Curious is back for the fall and winter. This lunchtime talk series is offered on select Tuesdays now through March. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch and learn something new at this fun, engaging talks by State Museum historians and scientists.  

Returning on Sunday, December 8 is the Taste NY Holiday Market. Vendors will offer sales and samples of “made in New York” food and beverage products including chocolate, cheese, maple and apple products, and hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits. There will also be cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and a chocolate fountain station. Check our programs page for the latest information about this popular annual event.

As always, Museum scientists and historians continue to conduct fascinating research. Check our Research and Collections page to learn more about what our scientists and historians have been working on. 

I’ll see you at the Museum.

Mark Schaming
Director, New York State Museum

Contact the Director's Office: Email museuminfo@nysed.gov or call 518-474-5812. 

Mark Schaming, Museum Director